Alumni Library Privileges
Library access, borrowing and database access for Wits Alumni
Alumni should obtain access cards to the University Campus and to the Library from the Office of Alumni Relations on the West Campus. A charge is made for a card, which is a personalized ICAM picture card. Please note that all libraries are now cashless. Copying and printing must be paid for with an ICAM card, which can be loaded with cash on cash terminals on all campuses in the following locations:
- Solomon Mahlangu House Ground Floor: next to Cashiers
- The Matrix: between Umthombo and the Matrix Buildings, East Campus
- Tower of Light: Outside the Commerce Library, West Campus
- Wits Library of Management, Parktown
- Education Library, Education Campus, Parktown
- Medical School, Parktown: next to the Standard Bank ATM
The Office of Alumni Relations will accept additional payment for Library borrowing privileges. The Alumnus card will then be activated for borrowing a maximum of 2 books at a time for a 7-day loan period, with renewals permitted online or at the desk. Fines are charged for books not returned or renewed.
Click here to view the list of libraries and their open times.
Please note that the Library has adjusted its after-hours operating times for the Commerce Library Reading Room and the Engineering Library Reading Room in the Chamber of Mines Building as follows:
Monday to Thursday: 16:00-23:00
The Engineering Library Reading Room offers a study space, power points and WiFi, one printer and it has a wheel chair access. All Covid-19 measures are in place for the Reading Rooms and should be adhered to at all times.
For the operating hours of all libraries, visit the Wits Library site.
Access to electronic resources
Alumni can access and search any part of the Library website remotely (i.e. off campus, at home, in another country, etc) except for the electronic resources accessed under research resources. Electronic resources (databases, e-journals, e-books) can only be accessed from a computer in any Wits Library.
Alumni should ask a librarian to log them on to the internet using a guest password.
Alumni and other external permit holders are not able to have use of a guest password after 5pm when Library full time staff are not available. Licence restrictions do not allow alumni to have remote off-campus access to electronic databases, e-journals, e-books.
SAGE Premier online database
All alumni who pay for library access are now able to access the SAGE Premier Online database.
To start off users must visit the library homepage to create a Library PIN (the PIN will allow access to the database off campus). Click on the ‘My Library Account’ button and follow the steps to create a PIN (it MUST be numbers only).
To access SAGE click back to the Library home page, click on the Electronic Databases link and on that page click on the ‘S’ to click through to the databases starting with ‘S’.
Results of searches can sometimes but not always be downloaded onto memory sticks. Searches can be printed on Library Pay-for-Print connections using Kudubucks loaded on an Alumnus card.
For enquiries about technicalities of alumni status in the Library please contact:
- Library Systems Support | 011 717 1918 | Khulisujobe.Sithole@wits.ac.za
- Manager: Library Computer Services | 011 717 1950 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Library Systems Co-Ordinator |011 717 1918| Anusuya.Aramugam@wits.ac.za